Although fluoride has largely been accepted as a dental treatment, there are still some people who are uncertain about what fluoride actually does in the body. Fluoride's primary application is in the support of healthy teeth.
One of the most well-known benefits of fluoride treatments is its ability to protect a tooth’s enamel. Drinking liquids that contain high amounts of acid can cause the enamel on your teeth to break down. When the enamel deteriorates, your teeth become much more sensitive to normal activities such as drinking warm, hot, or cold liquids. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and receiving fluoride treatments at the dental office reduces the amount of sensitivity your teeth experience. Fluoride helps protect the teeth and enamel against these acids and the bacteria that cause them. Specifically, fluoride protects the enamel from being broken down.
Acid does more damage to your teeth than simply breaking down the enamel. It also breaks down the structure of your teeth by destroying the minerals that make up your teeth, like calcium and phosphorus. Fluoride reverses the damage by adding those vital minerals back into your teeth.
Bacteria is present in everyone’s mouth. When sugars and starches are consumed, they enable the bacteria to produce an acid which breaks down the enamel. Fluoride can help prevent this type of tooth decay.
A significant benefit of fluoride is that it serves as a natural preventative for your teeth. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance found in both the oceans and the groundwater. By using water fluoridation, we’re able to adjust the levels of fluoride in our drinking water to the recommended level for preventing tooth decay and cavities.
At your next dental visit, you can inquire about receiving fluoride treatments as a means of prevention for your teeth.
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